Ideas & Voices

Stories from the Field

Culturally Competent? Perhaps. Culturally Humble? Always.

October 13, 2020

As educators, cultural assumptions and implicit bias matter for us. In another human-services field, medicine, we know they can be fatal. Two physicians, Melanie Tervalon and Jann Murray-Garcia, explored this issue in a landmark 1998 paper, and coined the term “cultural humility” in response. Since then, the health-care sector has adopted cultural humility training as central […]

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New Jersey Educator Encourages Mindfulness to Help Community Cope with Stress

April 8, 2020

Tara Lisciandro-Hornich is a veteran 18-year high school teacher at Matawan Regional High School in Monmouth County, New Jersey. For more than a decade, she has incorporated mindfulness activities into her own classroom routine. With the sudden change of circumstances due to COVID-19, she’s still using those activities in her online classroom and also leading […]

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Empowering Creators Through Innovation in STEM Education

November 8, 2019

We’ve all seen the look on students’ faces when they have a breakthrough. It’s one that only comes during the journey of learning, exploration and discovery. It’s particularly remarkable when this happens with the use of new tools, technologies, and applications that are relevant to their interests and future. What would schools look like if […]

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Using Books as Mirrors, Windows, and Doors

November 1, 2019

Sometimes you have to travel to the other end of the Earth to have a lesson from home fall right in your lap. Traveling to South Africa with the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship last July filled my days with extraordinary learning, exciting adventures, and wonderful connections with like-minded educators. Part of our itinerary brought […]

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